Noticing the little shifts in colour

Lichen on wooden rail - older grey and newer green

It was the slight shift in tone that caught my eye. Lichens on the wooden handrails of the footbridge are not new. Their graceful presence is here year-round. But the transition toward green from grey whispers that new life is on its way. Pause. See differently. Re-story 🌿

The quiet stirrings of new life

Fallen leaves

Walking around the valley in a dismal late afternoon when all the colours are shades of brown, I notice how the fallen leaves are subtly changing colour and texture. Becoming ready for their contribution to life cycles we do not see. QUIET LIFE Below the surfacenew life is growing,it will emergewhen it’s ready. + Sue … Read more

Delighting in the dance of nature

Close up of tiny ice pillars lifting up the leaf layer

The sound of scrunching underfoot released a grin of delight. I love these bright, cold days when sub-zero ground temperatures create a heavy frost. Then, paying more attention, I realised how much the carpet of frozen leaves moved as I walked along the track. This was some frost heave! Returning later, as the sun finally … Read more

Holding space for the unknown

Unknown goose-sized bird perching on the rail of the footbridge

Yesterday, following my usual path and deep in thought, I started to cross the footbridge. Only then did I realise an unusual bird was perching on the handrail. But here’s the thing: it didn’t fly off at my approach. Sometimes, the visiting grey heron will pause there and fly away before I am near. Not … Read more

Have you noticed the question?

Alpacas coming down the hillside for feeding

It’s easy to assume we’re asking the same question because we’re using similar words and facing similar issues. Yet, if we listen more closely, we may notice the difference. Nuances that indicate we may not be asking the same thing. Take the simple ‘How do we get from A to B?’ I can think of … Read more

And why am I standing here?

Autumnal view up the overgrown green path with trees on either side

Yesterday, I wandered up the valley where the small conifer wood drapes the hillside, echoing its contours. Instead of going to my usual place, by the watergate, I was drawn to stand on the green path below the trees. And listen to the water tumbling down from a neighbour’s spring across the valley. Why am … Read more

What do we notice that no one else sees?

Deep coral common corn flags caught in slanting sunlight

This morning, I’m not sure what I am going to see… Look for what you noticebut no one else sees. + Rick Rubin, from The Creative Act: A Way of Being, 2023 However, I do know that the afternoon alpaca rounds coincide with the last rays of sun on this side of the valley. And … Read more

What are we noticing in the turning

Colourful display of autumn oak leaves

In our lives, there are often waymarkers. These are specific things we consciously or subconsciously look for as an indicator of change. This particular sessile oak is one of mine. Down the hill from the farmhouse, I pass it each day on my way to feed the alpacas. When it starts to change colour – … Read more

Letting the light in one step at a time

close up of ladybird on the stalk of a flower

It was in freeing the common corn-flag from the encroaching bramble that I saw the ladybird. But actually, it was first noticing how beautiful the slanting autumn light caught the flower’s colour that led me there. Our awakening rarely takes just one step. Pause. See differently. Re-story 🌿